I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
The concept of this story is interesting, unusual, and very well-played out by author David Levithan. Not just anyone could write such a compelling story where we are able to connect with the main character even though he /she? is a person who doesn't even have their own body and own life. Perhaps that was part of the author's purpose. Without any of the external trappings, the merit of the protagonist rested solely on "her" spirit and personality/character. I found the main character endearing and likeable, and the world of this story was one I was glad to spend my time in. All the supporting characters were interesting to meet. The story builds up to an impressive gesture of generosity and self-sacrifice by the main character...this was a development and twist that I definitely hadn't expected. Though I was conflicted about this ending...only because it left some things undone and in limbo..with so much more that could be told. That's not to say that it wasn't very-well played out (and well-written throughout)...it just seemed to leave some things unresolved. People may want to know that this story is largely built on stream-of-conciousness and internal dialogue with our main character, interspersed with actual external events, dialogue, and the supporting characters. So, if you are more the "action" type, definitely sample this and try an excerpt to see if it's for you. Though I highly recommend it just the same! I found the narration did very much fit the story, and seemed right-on for the age and the main character.
Surprisingly heart warming
I am not an avid YA reader and was not aware this was one. When I first herard the main character was 16, I almost made the mistake of turning it off. Thank goodness I didn't! David Levithan has the wonderful ability to keep the story flowing so it was no surprise that I had to listen to it in one sitting. Alex Mckenna did a wonderful job in bringing the characters to life.
NO. 1; the narrator sounds like she has gargled with gravel. I had a very hard time "listening".
NO. 2; the only people portrayed as having it together are gay. The remainder of the cast is messed up. This book seems tailored to a younger audience, but I think the message is somewhat slanted.
NO. 3; what happened to the "original" body you left?
This book wasn't quite as difficult to follow as "The Time Travelers Wife" because he doesn't go back and forth through time. He just wakes up in a new body everyday.
If I had a youngster I would not want them to read this book while they are at an impressionable age. Or at least I would have a conversation about how these people are portrayed.
I hesitated to buy this book for a few days. I had some credits stacking up, and I didn't want to lose them... So, I just gave it a shot. Anyway, it's a very good book! I like the narrator. There are some comments about her voice sounding raspy. I think it's fitting. "A" sounds neither boy or girl. It works. She tells the story well.
If this book hasn't focus in the childish twilight descriptions and more in the source of the science fiction itself, i could have worked.
Is way to cheesy
The main character
The narrator was excellent. I really enjoyed listening to her.
Unless there is a sequel that continues the story (NOT Another Day), the ending was too quick and disappointing.
This is the second David Levithan book I have read and he is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The idea of a being jumping from body to body every day was intriguing and the storyline was so well written. I also enjoyed how Leviathan clearly discussed A being non-binary. He seems to write the perspective of queer & LGBT+ individuals very well, going off the basis of this book and "Will Grayson, Will Graydon", a book he co-wrote with "The Fault in Our Stars" author, John Green. I highly recommend it to anyone .